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Norristown Planting 2,000 New Trees With Help of Pa. Horticultural Society

(Montgomery County commissioner Leslie Richards, obscured, and borough councilwoman Linda Christian plant a tree in Norristown.  Credit: Brad Segall)

(Montgomery County commissioner Leslie Richards, obscured, and borough councilwoman Linda Christian plant a tree in Norristown. Credit: Brad Segall)

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By Brad Segall

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — The Borough of Norristown will be turning greener, thanks to 2,000 new trees that are being planted this season throughout the Montgomery County community.

The trees are springing up all over Norristown — in parks, outside schools, along streets and in front of other public properties.

The trees are designed to revitalize neighborhoods, improve air quality, and help manage storm water runoff, which is a problem that has plagued Norristown.

“I don’t know if you’ve driven in Norristown when we have a really heavy rainstorm, but our streets get flooded very, very quickly and I’m sure that the trees will go a long way to pulling in some of that water,” says Linda Christian, a member of Borough Council.

The trees are being planted as part of a partnership between the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.   Warminster and New Hope (in Bucks County) and the city of Chester and borough of Millbourne (in Delaware County) are also getting trees.

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